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Postby RugbyD » Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:00 pm

mak1277 wrote:
RugbyD wrote:Atlas Shrugged


This was the most boring book I've ever read by choice (as compared to Moby Dick, Grapes of Wrath and Great Expectations, all of which I was forced to read in high school).

I made it through about a third of Atlas Shrugged...but I swear it took me 2 months to do it...zzzzzzzzz. Who is John Galt? Who cares, get to the point already!

heh, i ripped through it in 2 weeks on a full work schedule; couldn't put it down. probably my favorite book. if you're not into economic/moral philosophy then its probably not worth 1200 pages of your time. I think the first 2 are worthwhile regardless.

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Fiction:

(read these 3 in order)
Anthem
The Fountainhead
Atlas Shrugged
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Blahhh...I can't stand Rand. I found her stuff to be dull, protracted, tripe barely worth the paper it's printed on. I would suggest reading a pamphlet on ethical egoism and saving yourself hours and hours of boredom. But then, I've never read 'Anthem,' maybe it's different.

Anthem is short and a good intro to the idea of ethical egoism
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Postby kaveman » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:58 pm

I personally don't care for Ayn Rand either. I read Fountainhead and about half of Atlas Shrugged. She just beats you over the head with her philosophy. Her characters are unbearably annoying. Just my opinion as some people worship at her alter.

Some of my faves.
On the Road- Kerouac
The Sun Also Rises- Hemingway
Martin Eden- London
Great Gatsby- Fitzgerald
Portnoy's Complaint- Roth
American Psycho- Ellis
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:00 pm

Great Gatsby- Fitzgerald


really? I was forced to read it in high school and didn't really enjoy it. Each has its own taste I guess ;-D
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Postby The Artful Dodger » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:05 pm

PlayingWithFire wrote:
Great Gatsby- Fitzgerald


really? I was forced to read it in high school and didn't really enjoy it. Each has its own taste I guess ;-D


Same here. Had to read it JR. year. Having to read Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey the following year was worse than Gatsby though.
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Postby kaveman » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:20 pm

PlayingWithFire wrote:
Great Gatsby- Fitzgerald


really? I was forced to read it in high school and didn't really enjoy it. Each has its own taste I guess ;-D


I didn't like some books I read in high school very much either. When I got older and read them on my own, I enjoyed them a lot more. Maybe it's life experience. Maybe it's just having a choice to read it, rather than having some teacher suck the life out of the book. Not saying you'll change your opinion in 10 years, but you might.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:07 pm

what does everybody think about "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley?
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:16 pm

PlayingWithFire wrote:what does everybody think about "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley?


I prefer "The Doors of Perception." I've never thought Huxley's fiction was his strong point.

And add another vote for Ayn Rand not being a good writer. It combines the character differentiation of a Delillo novel with the literary value of Stephen King.
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Postby Pokeyouindaeye » Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:18 pm

A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

Complications - Atul Gawande

Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

Dune - Frank Herbert

Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger

That's all I can think of right now...


I'm going through "The Elegant Universe," it's pretty good.
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Postby Pokeyouindaeye » Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:25 pm

Art Vandelay wrote:Kind of cliche I guess, but '100 Years of Solitude' is an absolute masterpiece. The kind of book that you could read 50 times and still get new stuff out of with every reading. Garcia-Marquez is easily one of the top living writers.

Also, I'm a big fan of the beats, especially Bukowski.


I remember reading that book in my sophmore year of high school for a book report. The teacher made it a requirement that it was done by a minority writer for some reason. I didn't know what to expect. The writing was pretty good, but for some reason I found the story to be pretty bizarre. This probably had to do with me not being able to analyze the book properly back then.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:33 pm

Absolutely Adequate wrote:
PlayingWithFire wrote:what does everybody think about "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley?


I prefer "The Doors of Perception." I've never thought Huxley's fiction was his strong point.

And add another vote for Ayn Rand not being a good writer. It combines the character differentiation of a Delillo novel with the literary value of Stephen King.


Thanks. I'll check that out also ;-D
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